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Wondering if this salami is an okay lunch choice...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Thanks for being patient with this newbie! :-) Looking for a quick lunch on the go. I try to cook extra food the night before to have as leftovers for lunch/dinner, but sometimes that doesn't work out. Wondering if the salami I bought for the rest of my family is an okay option for me occasionally for lunches... Here is the nutritional info and ingredient list:

Calories 110.00 Calories from Fat 90.00 Total Fat 10.00 Saturated Fat 4.50 Trans Fat 0.00

Cholesterol 35.00 Sodium 450.00 Total Carbohydrates 0.00 g Fiber 0.00 mg Sugars 0.00 mg Protein 5.00 g Gluten Free

BHA, BHT with Citric Acid Added to Help Protect Flavor Ingredients: Beef and Pork, Salt, Contains 2% or less of Dextrose, Water, Spices, Garlic Powder, Lactic Acid Starter Culture, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Nitrite, BHA, BHT, Citric Acid.

Thanks so much!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 12, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Drive-by downvote almost a year after I answered this originally, with no comment. Nice job, internet-person.

E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:18 PM

That ingredient list just triggered a migraine...but it's still better than wheat for sure.

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:29 PM

I eat salami all the time...and hot dogs with my Bubbie's kraut. And I buy my roast beef to wrap around my pate from the regular,evil, non-free range deli.

I also make other bad choices on occasion. I overcook my grass finished ground beef, go over the speed limit and last year I bought a parakeet.

...in the grand scheme of things there are a lot worse choices you could make than salami--even one filled with nitrates/nitrites.

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:32 PM

I eat it : ) I don't eat it everyday and I make sure it's gluten/MSG free, but I eat it. Nitrates/Nitrites aren't gonna kill ya (in moderation). Heck most healthy foods that have alternative additives (like celery juice) have much more nitrate/nitrite content (it's just a gimmick to sell their product). Gluten/MSG and very little to no sugar are what I look for (Columbus brand has some decent GF/MSG free salami).

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:14 PM

"Lunch meats", especially the cured variety, should generally be avoided. Nitrates and nitrites (and all the other preservatives) are not healthy for you. While fresh meats have a plethora of healthy components, processed meats as bad as processed grains.

Do I eat salami and other fine, cured Italian meats? Yes. I will add some to a dish when cooking, if it calls for it. What's a Spanish dish without a bit of chorizo, for e.g.? I avoid the entire category of "lunch meats" when I can - same for hotdogs and others highly processed meats.

If I recall correctly, I believe that uncured turkey breast is usually available as a lunch-style meat cut for a reasonable price? I believe it's usually cooked in broth and sliced. That, or meats like it, may be the best "lunch meat" option you can make.

Precooked chicken breast, sliced steak, or pork tenderloin also work great for grab and go type lunches, if put in a wrap of lettuce or otherwise.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on August 12, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Drive-by downvote almost a year after I answered this originally, with no comment. Nice job, internet-person.

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on August 11, 2013
at 08:49 AM

Salamis are full of Nitrates, Nitritres, Salt, Presrevatives all pretty nasty chemicals IMO

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on June 14, 2012
at 06:47 PM

If you're looking for a "crap, I didn't have time to make a lunch" tideover, do it. In terms of an everyday habit, probably not the healthiest of lunch choices, but I'm a big fan of my Vienna Beef hard salami and will never give it up. But I won't eat it every day.

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